Francisco Lindor Showed Few Flaws In First Full Season
The youngest player in the Midwest League for a majority of the season, Francisco Lindor
—a 5-foot-11, 175-pound switch-hitting shortstop—impressed Tribe brass on both sides of the ball. He also displayed the intangibles of a mature baseball intelligence, natural instincts and clubhouse leadership.
Batting .257/.352/.355 through 122 games, the Indians' 2011 first-round pick displayed an impressive feel for the strike zone (61-to-78 walk-to-strikeout ratio) and a mature approach at the plate. He collected 24 doubles, three triples, six home runs and 42 RBIs.
Pitching in his first full season since 2009 following Tommy John surgery, the Indians believe righthander Danny Salazar
established himself as a legitimate starting pitching prospect. With a fastball that reaches the upper 90s, a swing-and-miss changeup and a developing slider, Salazar threw all three pitches for strikes as his feel for attacking hitters advanced.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Salazar began the season at high Class A Carolina, going 1-2, 2.68, and was promoted to Double-A Akron at the beginning of August—where he went 4-0, 1.85.
KEEP AN EYE ON:
The 6-foot, 175-pound Dorssys Paulino
began the 2012 season as a 17-year-old in the Rookie-level Arizona League before being promoted to short-season Mahoning Valley to end the year. Paulino, who signed with Cleveland in 2011 out of the Dominican Republic, hit .355/.404/.610 in Arizona before hitting .271/.306/.407 with Mahoning Valley.
• The Indians called up three minor league players when rosters expanded Sept. 1: infielder Russ Canzler and lefthander Scott Barnes from Triple-A Columbus and outfielder Thomas Neal from Akron.
• Carolina second baseman Justin Toole played all nine positions in the Mudcats' 4-2 win over Salem on Aug. 25. Toole went 1-for-4 at the plate.